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Switzerland bans seal products
9 March 2017 Sheryl Fink
IFAW is celebrating  another victory for seals this week,  as Switzerland became the 35th country to ban seal Read more »
Huntwatch follows our founding campaign to end Canada’s commercial seal hunt.
17 August 2016 Erica Martin
This year the Discovery Channel began airing a series of trailblazing documentaries on humanity’s impact on the Read more »
The European Parliament voted to support revisions to the EU regulation
8 September 2015 Staci McLennan
Today was a great victory for seals. The European Parliament voted to support revisions to the EU regulation on the trade in Read more »
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13 April 2015
Warning this video contains graphic material. IFAW has spent decades documenting what really happens at Canada’s Watch Video »
10 June 2014
When Canada and Norway complained about the EU’s 2009 seal trade ban to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the Watch Video »
22 November 2013
In case you missed it, be sure to WATCH: EU voices united in support of the seal ban – "Taking action Watch Video »
21 November 2013
In case you missed it, be sure to WATCH: EU voices united in support of the seal product ban – "An inhumane Watch Video »
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DFO Opens Commercial Seal Hunt Early, Removes Limited Protection for Mothers and
28 March 2017
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is disappointed that Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) will be opening the commercial seal hunt early this year, allowing sealers to hunt while harp seal pups are still nursing. Traditionally, the annu Read more »
IFAW strongly opposed to sealers’ demands for early start to seal slaughter
24 March 2017
The International Fund for Animal Welfare condemns any early opening of the commercial harp seal hunt. Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) are considering suspending the annual closure of the hunt in mid-March. This is one of the few protections in pla Read more »
Canadian Commercial Seal Hunt to Open April 10th
5 April 2016
Canada’s commercial seal hunt will open once again on the East Coast on April 10th. The Canadian government has not announced the 2016 quota, but it will likely remain at 400,000 harp seals, 60,000 grey seals and 8,200 hooded seals. However, th Read more »
1 October 2015
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) welcomed today’s adoption by the Council of the European Union of the amended version of the regulation on trade in seal products. The trade ban had to be revised in response to findings of the W Read more »
8 September 2015
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) welcomed today’s EU Parliament vote for an amended version of the regulation on trade in seal products. The trade ban had to be revised in response to findings of the World Trade Organization (WT Read more »
The Canadian government recommends the international marketing of seal penises.
12 June 2015
A recently released study commissioned by the Canadian government recommends the international marketing of seal penises as ingredients in energy drinks. The genitalia would be obtained by killing 140.000 grey seals in the Gulf of St. Lawrence Read more »
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Canada's Commercial Seal Hunt: Past, Present, and Future
16 February 2016 by rbartlett
Canada's Commercial Seal Hunt: Past, Present, and Future Read more »
1 June 2015 by svandereyd
Key issues under discussion regarding the proposed revisions to Regulation (EC) 1007/2009 on trade in seal products   Read more »
1 June 2015 by svandereyd
Position on proposed amendments to draft IMCO report on Commission's proposal to amend Regulation (EC) 1007 / 2009 on tra Read more »
30 April 2015 by svandereyd
Position paper on the draft AGRI opinion on the Commission's proposal to amend Regulation (EC) 1007/2009 on trade in seal Read more »
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EU Commission releases amended EU seal products regulations
6 February 2015 by adintino
The EU Commission today released an amended version of the EU regulations on seal products. The EU trade regulation on seals Read more »
The EU Seal Regime & the World Trade Organization Dispute Summary & Next Steps
15 January 2015 by rbartlett
The EU Regulation on the trade in seal products is a groundbreaking piece of legislation designed to tackle one of the Read more »
Commercial Seal Hunting: The EU and the Fight to Protect Seals
29 December 2014 by rbartlett
EU citizens have vocally opposed commercial sealing for decades. This 12 page leaflet looks at the history of the EU Read more »
Norway axes commercial seal hunt subsidies – likely ending commercial seal hunti
12 December 2014 by adintino
According to media reports the Norwegian government has announced it will stop propping up an unnecessary commercial seal Read more »
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